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Drug sweep leads to 40 arrests

Authorities served 68 felony warrants following July 17 grand jury session.

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    Matthew Young, 31, of Houston, and James Reid, 64, of Cabool, wait to be processed following their arrests Thursday morning at the Texas County Justice Center. Led by the South Central Drug Task Force, area agencies teamed together to arrest 40 people.

Dalton Backues, 21, Licking

Jerry W Bolden, 61, Houston

Christina Brotherton, 41, Licking

Jessica Brown, 28, Mountain Grove

Brandon Duneske, 34, Licking

Jesse Houston, 25, Bucyrus

Arthur Huffman, 35, Cabool

Jo Anne Korbus, 55, Licking

Karen Katzman, 57, Licking

William Keller, 27, Bucyrus

Evelyn Klein, age 38, Bucyrus

Dawn Lord, 33, Licking

Jeff Mabrey, 41, Houston

Thomas McGuire, age 50, Raymondville

Candice Mitchell, 40, Raymondville

Christopher Mitchell, 30, Mountain Grove

Deeann Morris, 31, Licking

Douglas Reeves, 39, Licking

James Reid, 64, Cabool

Jennifer Royal, 24, Licking

Robin Shelton, 30, Cabool

Carrie Stafford, 33, Mountain Grove

Tim Stewart, 29, Norwood

Tim Sullins, 32, Licking

Wendy Sullins, 33, Licking

Michael Sullins, 41, Licking

Christina M. Villarreal,  24, Houston

James Wakenight, 32, Bucyrus

Hal Wallace, 39, Cabool

Cassadie Washburn, 20, Houston

Christine White, 44, Raymondville

Michael Wilder, 48, Licking

James J. Woolsey, 22, Summersville

Matthew Young, 31, Houston

Theresa Villarreal, 44, Houston

Greg Vestal, 25, Licking

Adam Bryson, 26, Houston

Kay L. Stalder, 48, Mountain Grove

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Posted: Thursday, August 23, 2012 3:16 pm | Updated: 4:13 pm, Fri Aug 31, 2012.

The first drug sweep in three decades led to the arrests of 40 citizens as part of the biggest one-day roundup in Texas County history.

According to the South Central Drug Task Force, which led the multi-agency effort Thursday morning, authorities served 68 felony warrants. Additionally, two misdemeanor marijuana and one felony probation and parole weapons violations arrests were made.

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20 comments:

  • Austin Lansdown posted at 6:44 pm on Wed, Sep 5, 2012.

    austinclansdown Posts: 1

    i see y some of them would be in there but some of them its just a charge and someone just got mad at someone and said it and dont be congradulating the cops the only reason they did that is because mellisa dunn wants to be sherriff she wants to look good at election time and its messed up to arrest incent people to get ur self to the top there was alot that did it and they deserve to be punished but some of them may have done it to help their familys this is a poor town wat do you expect and y go for the pill seller y noy the meth cookers or dope dealers or child melesters or murders i mean come on and ever one arguing and pointing fingers is stupid ur talking about protect the kids well the kids get on her and see everyones comments thats just as bad some ppl like mother and fathers who cant work do that for their family and if your kids were on the streets of something u would do it for them cuz u love them i grew up being tought better than that and ina good home with a loving family so ppl will do anything for their family ill take a bullet for my family or any of my true friends and btw my english is way off so sry for the ill pronounced words everyone have a nice day and god bless

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  • Steve Crawford posted at 8:36 pm on Tue, Sep 4, 2012.

    crawfors68 Posts: 1

    u all dont even no the half of it! just because they are accused doesnt mean they are guilty! what happened to innocents until proven guilty! Most ot of the accusers are just rats that are mad at someone and want to ruin their lives! think about it what if it happened to you and you knew u didnt do it but was still getting stones thrown at you!

     
  • Stacy Haggard posted at 11:34 pm on Fri, Aug 31, 2012.

    s_hagg Posts: 1

    We are all supposed to be adults. I am not trying to insult anyone, but really? You all are going to sling trash all over this website? A comment or opinion is one thing, but be respectful. Quit throwing salt on wounds. They were caught, it is over. Let's learn from the mistakes they made, not do the things that they did. Just worry about you and yours, and take the high road. Don't start drama, there won't be drama.

     
  • Don Merckling posted at 8:59 pm on Sun, Aug 26, 2012.

    DMerckling Posts: 4

    My question is Mikayla, why would you get on here and plea that your family is innocent, then trun around and say they do it to support their family ? wouldnt that be contradiction on your part ? not really your part as much as Tabatha !! I'm not judging no one I have eyes, I can read, and everyone has the right to speak their opinion on matters Its called, Fredom of Speech...!! I think what TCSO done was a very good thing been needing to be done for a long time, Just because your family was one they caught in the act dont make them bad,you can't be mad at them !!! why should they overlook your family ? If you are mad at anyone it should be your own family that was dealing in the drugs, You play, You pay !!! pllaying time is over now its time to start paying

     
  • Don Merckling posted at 8:27 pm on Sun, Aug 26, 2012.

    DMerckling Posts: 4

    Somebody did to many drugs while pregnant with this one...WOW !!!!!

     
  • mikayla mitchell posted at 8:14 pm on Sun, Aug 26, 2012.

    mmitchell2013 Posts: 3

    ppl on here are worst than kids.. u know what gina it dnt matter if u grow up in a crack house or the white house. u pick the path u take and no one can make u do something u dnt want to do.. and i am living proof of tht so its clear u not knw very much..

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  • mikayla mitchell posted at 8:11 pm on Sun, Aug 26, 2012.

    mmitchell2013 Posts: 3

    and texas county cops r no saints by no means and if u think they r perfect u blind.

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  • mikayla mitchell posted at 8:09 pm on Sun, Aug 26, 2012.

    mmitchell2013 Posts: 3

    well i think it is funny how ppl get on here and tlk bout these ppl when they dnt even knw who they r.. ok for one my mom was arrested in this bust her name is candice mitchell and u knw what my mom is a great person, a wonderful mom and grandma.. she does ne and everythng for the ones she loves. everyone in this world makes mistake and do wrong and if u say u dnt u a damn lier.. and u knw wht tasha u need to stop mouthing ppl.. cuz for one my mom is not a dope head or a hillbilly so shut ur mouth.. most of the ppl on here commenting stuff is probly jst as bad as all the ones that got busted u jst havnt been cought yet.. so ppl need to watch wat they saying cuz i will go to war over my momma.. and u can bet on tht..

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  • Don Merckling posted at 7:19 pm on Sun, Aug 26, 2012.

    DMerckling Posts: 4

    @ Tabatha, Listen you need to open up a book and especially one on (LAWS) and read, Making terroristic threats these days are not tollerated, and for you to post something like meet up with me on a NEWSPAPER WEBSITE shows ur common sense, lil to none im betting none is closer to being right!!! Now i'm not sure what you are wanting to meet up for because I dont use drugs so you can not make a sale here !!! # 2 I do not live in Texas County myself I live in Fort Bragg, NC. and Houston is my hometown I'm happily married to a U.S Soldier (Army) that is fighting to keep ur drug dealing (butt) free so you and YOUR FAMILY can sell drugs until caught, 3rd Open up a bible and show me the part where God says "Sell drugs my children to provide a living" So here's your first lesson in life!! before you go and bail your family out of Texas County Jail stop by McDonalds and take them a Job application on bail day !!! So please spare yourself the humiliation by posting something so stupid as what you have posted..Oh incase you didnt know its Guilty until proven Innocent just to clear that up for ya..Guilty if they were arrestted in a drug raid (DRUG RAID) <---Being keyword

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  • tasha vanvleck posted at 3:10 pm on Sun, Aug 26, 2012.

    mommy2 Posts: 1

    i think you look like a bunch of jacked up dopehead hillbillies..not one half way decent pick.you deserve to be in jail...get off the meth and selling to our kids..

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  • Mary Charlse posted at 6:27 pm on Sat, Aug 25, 2012.

    jst4thought Posts: 1

    First off I want to say, thanks for getting the dealers off our streets. Now I am going to see if anyone agrees with me or am I the only one that can see what Texas County officials have done to wrong every law abiding citizen and their families.
    I know that it takes time to put together an operation such as this, but really 3 yrs?
    So how did it come about that someone in law enforcement decided, hey this guy or gal just sold drugs to an undercover officer, but I think we need to wait 3 yrs to arrest him/her so maybe we can arrest his or her friends or customers. So here's my problem with this. They let known drug dealers stay on the streets for years selling to anyone that comes along, even our kids, so that they can get a huge bust and look good. Does anyone notice or even care that they waited for an election year to make Texas County safe for us and our families. I myself would rather have seen news reports each week showing that the county was arresting dealers every time one messed up and sold to undercover officers, not only would get them off the street and out of business for a while, it would have made other dealers that would take their place think twice about doing business in Texas County. I will not vote for anyone that lets dealers continue to do business for 3 years just to further their political careers and I hope that the people of Texas County aren't the illiterate hicks that some law enforcement must think they are.
    I hope everyone that reads this will get out and vote in a sheriff that takes criminals off the street when the crime is committed and not wait to get bigger arrest down the road.
    The reason this has really gotten me so angry is because I have a good friend that is now addicted to meth and has lost everything including her kids and yes I know it is best for the kids to be taken away from someone addicted to meth, but if our law officers would have made arrest on these dealers right away, she may not have ever started meth in the first place. The first time she did meth was about 2 yrs ago, now she is in a rehab and having a real hard time with her addiction. The reason she even tried meth was because she just had a baby and a month later her husband leaves her for another woman, leaving her with 2 kids to take care of and a job that didn't pay enough so she was having to put in extra hours just to make ends meet and then the baby became colicky and she wasn't getting any sleep and her performance at work was lacking to the point of being cautioned by a supervisor that her job was in jeopardy and another co-worker heard this and gave her some meth to try and told her it would help her get through those long days and nights and at first she said no, but after getting a written warning from her supervisor she went back to the co-worker and asked if they could still help her and we all know the outcome. So you can see that not all meth addicts start out just wanting to get high, but that is how all of them end. So maybe this co-worker was one of those people that was allowed to continue dealing for years instead of being arrested on the spot and if that is the case then maybe my friend would have never used meth the first time and yeah maybe she would have lost her job, but she could have gotten another job and still had her health and children.

     
  • Gina Johnsen posted at 3:02 pm on Sat, Aug 25, 2012.

    Eclipse Posts: 2

    First of all Tabitha, you need an education....as you, yourself seem to be ILLITERATE.
    The word I used was illiterate, NOT illegitimate.

    Second of all, children grow up to be a product of the environment in which they were raised. And in the case of a Guilty verdict, family services need to remove those kids from that environment asap.

    Third, you amaze me in thinking that's it's ok to sell illegal drugs to support one's family. ( Maybe they really did miss one in those arrests ? )

    Fourth, shame on you, for using God's name to justify the argument that it's ok to sell illegal drugs to support a family.

     
  • Tabatha Marxman posted at 1:51 pm on Sat, Aug 25, 2012.

    TAB MARXMAN Posts: 3

    @GINA JOHNSEN WHY IS THE WAY OF THINKIN ALWAYS TO SNATCH THE CHILDREN AND PUT THEM WITH STRANGERS A COUPLS OF THESE PEOPLE WERE MY FAMILY AND FIRST OF ALL THERE CHILDREN ARE NOT ILLIGITAMENT AND SECOND OF ALL THERE WAS NO FAMILY BUSINESS MY NEPHEWS WERE JUST TRYIN TO LIVE THER LIVES AND RAISE THERE KIDS!!!! they are innocent until they are proven guilty so remeber when ur on the church pew this sunday remember THAT GOD IS THE ONLY ONE THAT CAN JUDGE THESE PEOPLE SOME OF THEM MAY BE GUILTY BUT SOME OF THEM MAY NOT SO LETS LET THE JUDGE DECIDE THAT WE HAVE ALL SINNED AT ONE TIME OR ANOTHER SHOULD UR PARENTING BE JUDGED FOR THAT SHOULD UR CHILDREN BE SNANTCHED FROM U AND PLACED WITH STRANGERS IT ONLY HURTS THE CHILDREN PEOPLE NEED NOT TALK ABOUT THE CHILDREN IN THIS I KNOW MY FAMILY CHILDREN WERE NOT RAISED BY SELLING DRUGS AND THERE PARENTS ARE VERY GOOD PARENTS SO UNTIL THEY ARE CONVICTED OR U HAVE BEEN APPOINTED GOD ALMIGHTY U NEED TO ASK FOR FORGIVENESS FOR JUDGING THESE PARENTS

     
  • Tabatha Marxman posted at 12:01 pm on Sat, Aug 25, 2012.

    TAB MARXMAN Posts: 3

    @don merckling FIRST OF ALL I DONT LIVE IN TEXAS COUNTY SO HAHA ON THAT ONE!!!! SECOND I NEVER SAID IT WAS OK TO RAISE UR CHLDREN BY SELLIN DRUGS!!!! I AM SAYING THAT U OR TCSO ARE NOT GOD THESE PEOPLE ARE INNOCENT UNTIL PROVEN GUILTY AND NO ONE SHOULD JUDGE THEM EXCEPT GOD AND THE JUDGE SO UNTIL U KNOW THE CIRCUMSTANCES AND THE FACTS U BACK UP OFF MY FAMILY CAUSE WHEN MY NEPHEWS WALK WITH NO CHARGES IN THE END U WILL NEED TO EAT UR WORDS KEEP THE CHILDREN OUT OF THIS CAUSE I WLL BE VISITIN TEX CO THIS WEEK TO HELP MY NEPHEWS GET OUT OF JAIL AND U AND I COULD HAVE A FACE TO FACE DISCUSSION IF YOU WOULD LIKE ABOUT THIS OTHERWISE U DONT KNOW MY FAM SO KEEP THEM OUT UR MOUTH AND UNTIL UU HAVE BEEN APPOINTED GOD HIMSELF DONT JUDGE PEOPLE ITS A SIN

     
  • Gina Johnsen posted at 10:50 am on Sat, Aug 25, 2012.

    Eclipse Posts: 2

    I hope the authorities remove the children in those homes and place them into decent homes, otherwise they will just grow up to have more illiterate babies that think selling, not to mention using, illegal drugs is an OK means of supporting your family.
    So as to insure that the next generation doesn't go into the " family business " !

     
  • luke branford posted at 10:02 pm on Fri, Aug 24, 2012.

    two-cents Posts: 2

    Oh and im not trying to take anything from those who worked on this sting. Congrats and good job

     
  • luke branford posted at 9:59 pm on Fri, Aug 24, 2012.

    two-cents Posts: 2

    Just my opinion, but getting the job done right is going to require more than one major drug bust every thirty years. I belive that this could easily be done every 2 to 3 years with the activity i've heard of in texas county alone. At this rate there are going to be nearly as many drug dealers as there are common working class people.

     
  • wilford carter posted at 11:27 am on Fri, Aug 24, 2012.

    bigbubba1967 Posts: 1

    Lt. Melissa Dunn for Texas County Sheriff she will get the job done right.

     
  • Don Merckling posted at 11:10 am on Fri, Aug 24, 2012.

    DMerckling Posts: 4

    Really Tabatha ?? I suppose you probably voted No on Drug testing welfare recipients also in fear of losing your benefits !!! I do not agree with alot of things that Texas County does but I do say this was a good thing, Hopefully they removed their kids as well. You say some of these people are your family, Well guess what ? YOUR FAMILY JUST GOT B.U.S.T.E.D !!!!!!!!!! No it is not alright tell sell drugs to raise your children, Go get a JOB like the normal people in life would do !!!! and if anyone needs to get a grip it would be you. # 1 you ever watch this show called Worlds Dumbest Criminals ? Well your post screams HEY TCSO YOU FORGOT ONE

     
  • Tabatha Marxman posted at 7:39 am on Fri, Aug 24, 2012.

    TAB MARXMAN Posts: 3

    I HAPPEN TO KNOW SOME OF THE PEOPLE THAT WERE ARRESTED AND I THINK THIS IS A BUNCH OF BOGUS (B.S.) FOR TEXAS COUNTY TO RAISE MONEY SOME OF THESE PEOPLE ARE MY FAMILY AND JUST TRYIN TO LIVE THERE LIFE AND RAISE THERE KIDS TIMES IS HARD IN TODAYS WORLD!!!!! TEXAS COUNTY JUSTICE SYSTEM AND MIKE ANDERSON NEED TO PREFORM A SWEEP FOR THE PEOPLE REALLY CAUSIN A MENACE IN THERE COUNTY PEOPLE RAPIN BABIES AND KILLIN EACH OTHER REALLY DOIN BAD THINGS TO HURT PEOPLE IN THE WORLD AND LEAVE THE PEOPLE THAT ARE JUST TRYIN TO RAISE THERE KIDS AND MAKE IT IN THIS TOUGH SOCIETY ALONE!!!!!! GET A GRIP

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